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Can You Wear a Suit Jacket With Jeans?

August 26th, 2010

One of the “advanced” questions guys ask is if they can wear a suit jacket with jeans. For most guys, wearing a suit jacket happens only once or twice a year so, wondering if they can wear the jacket with jeans is… out of their reality. :)

What i mean is this: the question is not dumb… It’s a very good question and shows you really want to be stylish.

Let’s begin with a picture of a guy in jeans and a suit jacket:

photo: yimg.com

I know what you’re thinking: it looks like the perfect blend of formal and casual.

Nonsense!

This is plain wrong. The suit is sacred. The suit jacket is supposed to be worn together with the dress pants and there’s no way around that.

It’s commonly accepted that, if you want to stand out in a suit, you should play around with the model, the lapels, the shirt, tie or pocket square.

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If you want to “borrow” from the suit’s “formality”… go for a sports jacket.

Sports jackets are made to be worn in casual situations (including jeans). The have a more casual air but still score plenty of points when it comes to you being classy.

Here’s a sports jacket with a suit:


photo: buzzillions.com

Much better, right?

Now, if you come back to the first picture and look at the black suit jacket…

do you notice the “disconnect”? The suit jacket looks just too… formal compared to the jeans.

So, remember this rule: a suit is a suit and you don’t want to wear it’s dress pants and jacket separately.

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  1. August 27th, 2010 at 17:00 | #1

    Totally disagree! I have many a time rocked a suit jacket with jeans and done so with panache. I follow the rule that the darker the denim the better (without being black or raw denim).

    The first picture looks great and he accents the bold jacket very well with a crisp white shirt and rawhide belt.

  2. August 27th, 2010 at 19:37 | #2

    Hi Bryan,
    Finally someone who disagrees with me! :)

    Indeed the contrast is very good in the first picture but that’s not my issue.

    My issue has to do with not mixing certain clothes. I’m referring to the suit, of course. A suit is a suit and should be worn that way. That’s why sport jackets are becoming so popular: to be worn in casual situations.

    For someone who’s not that into style.. they’ll never make the difference between a suit jacket and a sport jacket. But to someone who knows that it’s a suit jacket…

    It’s like the suit jacket screaming to him “take me back to my dress pants!”

    Leaving this aside, I’m very happy that you like experimenting. Combining formal with casual is one of my favorite things to do when I want to look extra-stylish.

  3. Brad
    February 7th, 2011 at 23:23 | #3

    I think first pic looks pretty decent. But the suit’s shine kinda leaves a bad look. I think a jacket + nice t-shirt and dark blue jeans can look fine in most situations.

  4. May 4th, 2011 at 21:41 | #4

    Agreed, but I’m advocating going for a sports jacket, not a suit jacket. I’d never wear my suit jacket with something else other than the suit pants.

  5. larry T
    March 16th, 2012 at 00:18 | #5

    @George
    So fundamentally wrong. It all depends on the cut and the material. Shiny tightly tailored doesn’t go with jeans. A looser flat, organic fabric with a more open weave goes fine.

  6. mahdi
    March 18th, 2012 at 19:08 | #6

    Hi
    I still have problem matching clothes & colours thou I have a lrge choice of them in my closet!Also I like wearing shirts a lot & would like advice on what to wear with these shirts and make them look good on me.Also I have a pale skin colour & woulbe grateful if you could tell me about those colours that would enhance the look on my face.
    Thanks

  7. Richard
    April 11th, 2012 at 06:54 | #7

    I like both looks. The top for going to the club at night. By the way that looks like a D&C jacket I have that did not come with pants and is ment to be worn with jeans or slacks.

    The lower I would wear to a day time event I wanted to look stylish but not stuffy.

    Style is ever evolving. If if make you feel good and makes you look good go for it. It sure beats what most shlubs

  8. Jay
    May 31st, 2012 at 04:25 | #8

    Who are you to say that people can’t wear a suit with jeans? Daniel Craig pulled it off nicely and if James Bond ain’t cool I don’t know who is.

  9. June 3rd, 2012 at 12:16 | #9

    I’m not really interested in “celebs”. Very few of them are truly, truly stylish. 90% of the frenzy around them is because they’re famous.

    I’ve made my point in the article but I’ll say it again, just in case you didn’t read it: jeans and suits are too far apart on the formality scale to be worn in the same outfit.

  10. Dapun
    October 12th, 2012 at 14:49 | #10

    Even i feel the first picture looks perfect except the suit is bit shiny. If you are well built and have a matching color, I think you can go with jeans and suit jacket. How many times have we met a designer in a party or function. Now a days, even designers accept suit jacket with jeans.

  11. Prama Aditya
    February 18th, 2013 at 16:06 | #11

    The first picture actually feels a little bit off because it’s a pinstripe, but even if its a solid color it would still feel a bit off. There’s no thing new there, no pop of color or pattern just a white shirt.

    Beside, the 2nd picture is not that good either. 3 Buttons? Really?

    Well made and versatile suit can be worn the hell out with anything and only need a good press to make it crisp as new :)

  12. Eric
    March 23rd, 2013 at 19:11 | #12

    Interesting that somebody who has OBVIOUSLY come to you for help in the practical aspect of saving money to look good has gotten the advice to SPEND MORE money.

    Friend…jeans are a BASIC GARMENT. As long as they are a flattering cut and a mid-range wash, you can wear them with ANY conservatively colored or patterned suit jacket.

    And the ONLY men that will take you to task for it are DOUCHEBAGS.

  13. March 26th, 2013 at 14:42 | #13

    Eric,

    There are plenty of examples in style where spending more is actually saving. When you pay a premium for quality, that fashion item will last longer.

    Same here. Why would you buy suits (which are ALWAYS expensive) more often just because you can’t wear a damn sports coat (a lot cheaper) with jeans?

    Keep your suit for formal occasions and you’ll save money by not buying a new one once a year.

    Also, jeans are indeed a basic garment but for casual only. The suit pertains to formal. Wearing jeans with a suit jacket is like wearing sneakers with a french cuff shirt and cufflinks.

  14. Claude
    October 21st, 2013 at 22:38 | #14

    Another thing that should be touched upon is that if you start wearing your suit pants or Jacket on its own the pieces will wear unevenly unless you want to send them to the dry cleaners together. Not very practical or economical. As for the picture with Daniel I am not convinced that is a suit jacket. the cut is shorter than a made to measure suit would be. Looks more like a designer blazer to me.

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